with “Love Life” Video Series
DENVER, Jan. 17, 2023 — Ahead of the first March for Life since the reversal of Roe v. Wade, FOCUS has launched the “Love Life” video series to better equip college students to engage on the abortion issue.
The post-Dobbs landscape means the fight to end abortion is far from over – it is all the more localized to the state and community-level and college campuses are on the front lines of these evolving abortion laws and conversations. FOCUS’ new “Love Life” video series provides practical talking points on the pro-life issue, encouraging students to ask and tackle these tough questions.
The 11-part video series features a range of prominent pro-life voices, from Dr. Ryan Anderson explaining why unborn people are people to Kristan Hawkins sharing how abortion abuses women. Irene Zamorano Archacki, a post-abortive woman, shares her healing journey in a compelling “Love Life” interview.
Other voices include FOCUS Founder and CEO Curtis Martin on the pro-life aspect to the New Evangelization, Fr. Josh Johnson on the Catholic Church’s teaching on abortion, Sisters of Life’s Sr. Maris Stella, S.V., on walking alongside abortion-minded women, and David Bereit on how abortion is more than a religious issue.
John Bishop, director of FOCUS formation, conducts the “Love Life” video interviews and sees this project as an extension of FOCUS’ outreach to the world and culture, saying, “The ‘Love Life’ video series is one way FOCUS, through the New Evangelization, intends to positively influence the pro-life movement.”
“We utilize YouTube and other social-media platforms, not as replacements for FOCUS’ important ministry,” Bishop continued, “but as aids to our person-to-person work on campuses and in parishes.”
FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) is a Catholic apostolate whose mission is to share the hope and joy of the Gospel. FOCUS missionaries encounter people in friendship, inviting them to a personal relationship with Christ and accompanying them as they pursue lives of virtue and excellence. Through Bible studies, outreach events, mission trips and discipleship, missionaries inspire and build up others in the faith, sending them out to live out lifelong Catholic mission wherever they are.
For the 2022 – 2023 academic year, 861 missionaries are serving at 216 locations: 193 campus locations (including eight international campuses and 10 Digital Outreach campuses) and 23 parish locations. By 2027, FOCUS expects to have more than 1,000 missionaries serving in more than 250 locations around the world. FOCUS alumni, now more than 50,000 strong, are living and serving in parishes and communities across the country, including more than 10,000 trained for post-graduate evangelization. An important blessing of a fruitful partnership between the local campus ministry and FOCUS has been the pursuit of religious vocations. Since 1998, more than 1,000 people have entered the seminary or a religious house of formation after involvement with FOCUS on college campuses. Based on past experience, FOCUS expects that number to nearly double in the next 10 years. FOCUS missionaries are typically recent college graduates who devote two or more years of their post-collegiate lives to reach out to peers on campus. focus.org.
In the Diocese of Rockville Centre, FOCUS is working on the campus of Stony Brook University. FOUCUS Provides Sunday Mass on campus, retreats, sacramental programs, daily prayer, weekly Fellowship meetings, and opportunities for Christian service and social gatherings.